A Guide to the Options & Benefits of Skylights

Have you ever wanted to stargaze or enjoy watching the rain fall without leaving the indoor comfort of your home? 
Skylights are windows installed on a roof meant to brighten up a space with natural lighting and can add value to a home.

Types of Skylights

Skylights fall into two general categories: operable and non-operable. Operable skylights can be opened to allow ventilation while non-operable skylights cannot be opened and are for light and aesthetics only. Within each category are many options in regards to shapes, sizes and materials. The most common shapes are rectangular, circular, triangular, oval, and dome. Skylights are available with a variety of glazing options that can drastically affect their performance and energy efficiency.

Types of Skylights

Skylights fall into two general categories: operable and non-operable. Operable skylights can be opened to allow ventilation while non-operable skylights cannot be opened and are for light and aesthetics only. Within each category are many options in regards to shapes, sizes and materials. The most common shapes are rectangular, circular, triangular, oval, and dome. Skylights are available with a variety of glazing options that can drastically affect their performance and energy efficiency.

Benefits of Skylights

There are many reasons to love skylights but the biggest appeal for most is the natural light they provide in the interior space below. Skylights offer a view of the sky and brighten the room which helps the aesthetics of a indoor environment feel more open and spacious. Natural lighting provides solar heat which means saving on heating costs during the winter season. In the summertime, they can greatly improve ventilation and help cool a home down while providing fresh air flow. In some situations, they can also provide an escape route in case of emergencies. Skylights can also help increase the value of a home since they provide a beautiful and natural atmosphere.

Benefits of Skylights

There are many reasons to love skylights but the biggest appeal for most is the natural light they provide in the interior space below. Skylights offer a view of the sky and brighten the room which helps the aesthetics of a indoor environment feel more open and spacious. Natural lighting provides solar heat which means saving on heating costs during the winter season. In the summertime, they can greatly improve ventilation and help cool a home down while providing fresh air flow. In some situations, they can also provide an escape route in case of emergencies. Skylights can also help increase the value of a home since they provide a beautiful and natural atmosphere.

Disadvantages of Skylights

Most disadvantages that are associated with skylights are due to incorrect placement and/or installation. The type of skylight and its placement is important for climate control as well as harnessing the direction of the sunlight. It is imperative for skylight to be placed on an area of the roof that allows for proper drainage to prevent water and debris from building up and causing leaks over time. However, the concern of a leaking or malfunctioning skylight can be avoided by hiring a reputable company with plenty of experience in professional skylight installation.

Disadvantages of Skylights

Most disadvantages that are associated with skylights are due to incorrect placement and/or installation. The type of skylight and its placement is important for climate control as well as harnessing the direction of the sunlight. It is imperative for skylight to be placed on an area of the roof that allows for proper drainage to prevent water and debris from building up and causing leaks over time. However, the concern of a leaking or malfunctioning skylight can be avoided by hiring a reputable company with plenty of experience in professional skylight installation.

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